There are countless rip-offs of the Justice League, but only in Invincible are they killed off almost as soon as they’re introduced.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Invincible Season 1, Episode 1, “It’s About Time,” streaming now on Amazon Prime.
The heroes of the Justice League are so iconic that there have been countless rip-offs of the superhero line-up. Embodying the idea of a premier team of seven superheroes responsible for protecting the planet, the latest riff on the team is the Guardians of the Globe in Amazon’s Invincible. Quickly establishing themselves as the gold standard for super-heroics, the Guardians of the Globe quickly endear themselves as unique twists on a classic idea. Even more surprising and unique, however, is how the series quickly kills them off.
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Invincible hits the ground running with a classic superhero scenario. The Mauler Twins attack the White House, threatening the life of the President and many of the civilians in the area. The Guardians of the Globe arrive just in time to stop the diabolical duo, and in the amazing action sequence that unfolds, their parallels to the classic Justice League lineup become clear. There is the superstrong Immortal heading the team as its Superman, the brooding and gadgetry-based Darkwing as its Batman and the powerful weapon-wielding warrior War Woman, whose similarities to Wonder Woman go beyond just alliteration.
Though the parallels to the DC trinity are some of the most direct, the rest of the…